The statement calls for federal legislation that would require reductions in carbon dioxide emissions through "cost-effective, market-based mechanisms" — a phrase lifted from a Senate resolution last year and one that could appeal to evangelicals, who tend to be pro-business. The statement, to be announced in Washington, is only the first stage of an "Evangelical Climate Initiative."
Among those signing the statement are:
- Charles W. Colson, the founder of Prison Fellowship Ministries;
- James C. Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family;
- Richard Land, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
- Rick Warren, Pastor of Saddleback Church
- Duane Litfin, President of Wheaton